Research

Working papers

1. Which jobs are lost during a lockdown? Evidence from vacancy postings in India with Erin Kelley and Greg Lane
Which jobs were “lost” during India’s COVID-19 lockdown? Which job-seekers were affected the most?

2. Equilibrium Effects of Size-based Policies on Multiproduct Firms
How are the implications of MSME-support policies different when we incorporate a firm’s decision to choose its product-mix, along with other standard production decisions (like entry-exit and firm size)?

3. How Important are Matching Frictions in the Labor Market? Evidence from a Large Indian Firm, with Abhijit Banerjee
How important is being matched to the “right” job?
Coverage: PEDL CEPR interview

4. Political Institutions and Policy Responses During a Crisis, with Sabyasachi Das
Do countries with differing political institutions respond differently to a national crisis?

5. Marriage Markets and the Rise of Dowry in India, with Jeff Weaver
How has dowry in India evolved over the 20th century and what theories of dowry explain this evolution?
Coverage: Live Mint, Ideas for India, Global Dev
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Selected works in progress

1. Barriers to Female Entrepreneurship: Evidence from India
(with Pinelopi K. Goldberg)

2. Volatility and Development
(with Rafael Dix-Carniero, Pravin Krishna and Mine Senses)

3. Equilibrium Effects of Banning Contract Labor in Frictional Labor Markets
(with Ritam Chaurey and Vidhya Soundararajan)

4. Too Little, Too Late: Improving Post-Primary Learning Outcomes in India
(with Diva Dhar and Radhika Nagesh)

5. The Effect of Storage Capacity on Price Dynamics and Production: Evidence from India
(with Sabyasachi Das and Shivakumar Venkatraman)


Media writings

“Unless operational constraints on firms are removed, amending labor laws won’t work” , Hindustan Times, 26 May 2020
(with Ritam Chaurey)

“The MSME sector is critical in times of COVID-19”, Hindustan Times, 03 April 2020.
(with Ritam Chaurey and Vidhya Soundararajan)

Who gets LPG subsidies?”, Economic Survey of India, 2013.
(with Abhijit Banerjee)